Inspiring Success

A blog from Creating IT Futures

  • October 26, 2012

    Helping Them Look Forward

    Melanie always knew she was good with technology, even if others assumed that being a woman was some sort of technology handicap. “I get really mad when I go shopping for electronics and guys talk down to me and act like I don't know what I'm talking about,” she says.
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  • September 19, 2012

    Assessing for Success

    It was the last day of assessments, a day that would determine the final make-up of Cincinnati’s second IT-Ready class which prepares individuals for a CompTIA A+ certification and a full-time paid apprenticeship with a local company. The candidate arrived barely on time, breathing heavily and sweating. Despite the shaky start, he passed his assessment exams and his interview went well.
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  • August 21, 2012

    Stepping Up to the Plate

    The eight-week IT-Ready Apprentice Program wasn’t conceived simply as a way to help adults gain a Certificate of Completion, or even to get them their first IT certification. Though IT-Ready accomplishes those things, the program would be considered a failure if it didn’t place a high percentage of its participants into work roles. Fortunately, to-date, more than 80 percent of the IT-Ready graduates in the two training sites (Cincinnati and Mpls. / St. Paul) have been placed in full-time apprenticeships with local companies. The remaining candidates are still in the midst of interviews.
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  • July 20, 2012

    Let the Apprenticeships Begin

    “Did you pass? Great job!” Adam Turner, instructor for the IT-Ready class in Cincinnati, found himself speaking these words into his cell phone repeatedly the past few weeks as his students reported their CompTIA A+ certification exam results. Within three weeks of classes ending, more than 80 percent of participants in the two IT-Ready classes had achieved certification, making them ready for the next stage of the IT-Ready program: an interview for a paid six-month apprenticeship with a local company.
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  • May 22, 2012

    Ready for Anything

    Being accepted into Cincinnati’s first IT-Ready class has Tedd Covington jazzed. Covington worked with technology when he served in the Navy performing electrical work on gas turbine systems. But that was 25 years ago. After the military, he eventually found himself in the social-work field.
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